Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM

Professor, Medicine

Emelia Benjamin
Framingham Heart Study 73 Mt Wayte Ave

Biography

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, received her AB at Harvard, her MD at Case Western Reserve University, and her Epidemiology ScM at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University and is a clinical cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is author of over 650 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, vascular function, and systemic inflammation. She is multi-Principal Investigator on 2RO1 atrial fibrillation grants [2R01HL092577 & 1R01HL128914], and is the Center and Training Director on an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network on Atrial Fibrillation. She also is MPI on 2 mobile Health grants (1R01HL141434 and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

Dr. Benjamin has conducted research at the Framingham Study since 1988. She is a Member of the Executive Committee, and is Co-Director of the Medical Endpoints Committee. She was Principal Investigator of the grant that recruited the second generation of the Framingham Study’s ethnic/racial minority cohort, the Omni Study.

In addition to her research, she is Assistant Provost for Faculty Development for Boston University Medical Campus, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity, BU Department of Medicine. She co-designed and co-leads Faculty Development Programs for Early, Mid-Career, Under-Represented Ethnic and Racial, Women, and Clinical leaders. A committed mentor, she has won local and national awards for her mentoring of early career investigators. She also won the 2020 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.

An active volunteer for the American Heart Association since 1992, she has served on a variety of local and national Committees. She is Past-Chair of the American Heart Association’s Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council and Study Section, and the annual Heart and Stroke Statistical Update.

She received the 2015 Paul Dudley White Award, the 2016 AHA Gold Heart Award, the 2016 Population Research Prize, the 2019 Laennec Clinician/ Educator Lecturer, and the Genomics and Precision Medicine 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award. She Chairs of the Science and Clinical Education Lifelong Learning Committee.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Dean’s Office, Boston University Medical Campus
  • Primary Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScM

Publications

  • Published on 9/2/2020

    Cooper LL, Musani SK, Moore JA, Clarke VA, Yano Y, Cobbs K, Tsao CW, Butler J, Hall ME, Hamburg NM, Benjamin EJ, Ramachandran VS, Mitchell GF, Fox ER. Clinical Associations of Vascular Stiffness, Microvascular Dysfunction, and Prevalent Cardiovascular Disease in a Black Cohort: The Jackson Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 Sep 02; e017018. PMID: 32873113.

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  • Published on 8/26/2020

    Lin H, Sardana M, Zhang Y, Liu C, Trinquart L, Benjamin EJ, Manders ES, Fusco K, Kornej J, Hammond MM, Spartano NL, Pathiravasan CH, Kheterpal V, Nowak C, Borrelli B, Murabito JM, McManus DD. Association of Habitual Physical Activity with Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Circ Res. 2020 Aug 26. PMID: 32842915.

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  • Published on 8/21/2020

    Weng LC, Hall AW, Choi SH, Jurgens SJ, Haessler J, Bihlmeyer NA, Grarup N, Lin H, Teumer A, Li-Gao R, Yao J, Guo X, Brody JA, Müller-Nurasyid M, Schramm K, Verweij N, van den Berg ME, van Setten J, Isaacs A, Ramírez J, Warren HR, Padmanabhan S, Kors JA, de Boer RA, van der Meer P, Sinner MF, Waldenberger M, Psaty BM, Taylor KD, Völker U, Kanters JK, Li M, Alonso A, Perez MV, Vaartjes I, Bots ML, Huang PL, Heckbert SR, Lin HJ, Kornej J, Munroe PB, van Duijn CM, Asselbergs FW, Stricker BH, van der Harst P, Kääb S, Peters A, Sotoodehnia N, Rotter JI, Mook-Kanamori DO, Dörr M, Felix SB, Linneberg A, Hansen T, Arking DE, Kooperberg C, Benjamin EJ, Lunetta KL, Ellinor PT, Lubitz SA. Genetic Determinants of Electrocardiographic P-wave Duration and Relation to Atrial Fibrillation. Circ Genom Precis Med. 2020 Aug 21. PMID: 32822252.

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  • Published on 8/19/2020

    Vaze A, Tran KV, Tanriverdi K, Sardana M, Lessard D, Donahue JK, Barton B, Aurigemma G, Lubitz SA, Lin H, Nasr GH, Mandapati A, Benjamin EJ, Vasan RS, Freedman JE, McManus DD. Relations between plasma microRNAs, echocardiographic markers of atrial remodeling, and atrial fibrillation: Data from the Framingham Offspring study. PLoS One. 2020; 15(8):e0236960. PMID: 32813736.

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  • Published on 8/11/2020

    Vinter N, Huang Q, Fenger-Grøn M, Frost L, Benjamin EJ, Trinquart L. Trends in excess mortality associated with atrial fibrillation over 45 years (Framingham Heart Study): community based cohort study. BMJ. 2020 08 11; 370:m2724. PMID: 32784208.

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  • Published on 7/11/2020

    Chiu LS, Pedley A, Massaro JM, Benjamin EJ, Mitchell GF, McManus DD, Aragam J, Vasan RS, Cheng S, Long MT. The association of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiac structure and function-Framingham Heart Study. Liver Int. 2020 Jul 11. PMID: 32654390.

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  • Published on 6/25/2020

    Uddin SMI, Osei AD, Obisesan OH, El-Shahawy O, Dzaye O, Cainzos-Achirica M, Mirbolouk M, Orimoloye OA, Stokes A, Benjamin EJ, Bhatnagar A, DeFilippis AP, Henry TS, Nasir K, Blaha MJ. Prevalence, Trends, and Distribution of Nicotine and Marijuana use in E-cigarettes among US adults: The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2016-2018. Prev Med. 2020 Jun 25; 139:106175. PMID: 32593733.

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  • Published on 6/23/2020

    van der Ende MY, Juarez-Orozco LE, Waardenburg I, Lipsic E, Schurer RAJ, van der Werf HW, Benjamin EJ, van Veldhuisen DJ, Snieder H, van der Harst P. Sex-Based Differences in Unrecognized Myocardial Infarction. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 Jul 07; 9(13):e015519. PMID: 32573316.

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  • Published on 6/18/2020

    Kornej J, Börschel CS, Benjamin EJ, Schnabel RB. Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation in the 21st Century: Novel Methods and New Insights. Circ Res. 2020 06 19; 127(1):4-20. PMID: 32716709.

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  • Published on 6/10/2020

    Oshunbade AA, Yimer WK, Valle KA, Clark D, Kamimura D, White WB, DeFilippis AP, Blaha MJ, Benjamin EJ, O'Brien EC, Mentz RJ, Fox ER, O'Mara CS, Butler J, Correa A, Hall ME. Cigarette Smoking and Incident Stroke in Blacks of the Jackson Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 Jun 16; 9(12):e014990. PMID: 32517526.

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